What to Store in the Attic and Basement

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If you are lucky enough to have the extra storage space, it's important to use it wisely and know exactly what to store in your attic and basement. They may seem like the perfect storage areas for everything, but that's not the case.

Storing items in your attic is far more preferable than storing them in the basement where they may get wet (think about flooding) or garage where they are exposed to the elements. Use the attic to store anything that is impervious to heat. Heat can damage things such as photographs and wood. In the basement, store everything in clear plastic bins, labeled and not packed too heavily. You want to make sure you can lift the boxes easily, and if they happen to tumble over, they don't hurt anyone.

What to Store

You might think you can store just about anything in your attic or basement. Consider storing these items instead:

  • Holiday decorations. Not just Christmas decorations, but think about Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving decor, Fourth of July party supplies, etc.
  • Kitchen supplies. Put pots and pans you rarely use but need to hold onto, ceramics, plates, and dish sets.
  • Project bins. Store items together that you use at the same time for projects, including outdoor entertaining and crafting.
  • Travel items. This includes suitcases, duffel bags, and garment bags.

What to Maybe Store

You might want to store anything you use regularly. Once something goes into storage on a floor of your house you don't use regularly, it tends to be forgotten.

What Not to Store

Don't place old photos in the attic or basement. If you take the time to store old photos correctly, you can safely store photos in either of these spaces. If you don't take the time to store pictures properly, they could fall victim to the elements.

Attic and Basement Storage Tips

Keep these storage tips in mind so your items can remain safe.

  • Consider the elements. These areas can get humid and musty (and wet) in the summer and cold in the winter. Don't store anything that can be affected by the elements such as priceless works of art, food, or wood that may become warped.
  • Use the right tools. Use boxes and containers that can stand up to the elements. You can use clear, labeled, plastic storage containers.
  • Keep everything accessible. Store containers in rows like you would find at a grocery store so that each container is accessible and you don't have to move several boxes or bins to get to the one you want.